Scholarships available to study at UCD Sutherland School of Law

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The Sutherland School of Law makes available a number of full scholarships for those commencing their PhD studies in UCD. These are typically advertised early in each calendar year. All those who apply to undertake a full time PhD in the School by the deadline are considered. The scholarships provide tuition fees and a yearly stipend of €16,000 (tax free) for four years subject to satisfactory performance.

Those who receive a Sutherland School of Law scholarship are required to undertake some teaching and support responsibilities (e.g. to assist in conference organisation or to assist in mooting competitions) of not more than 6 hours per week. They are also required, where eligible, to apply after their first year of study for a prestigious Government of Ireland scholarship.

 

UCD Sutherland School of Law Doctoral Scholarships 2020

Closing date/time: Thursday 30 January 2020, 5pm (Ireland)

 

The Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer up to three new doctoral scholarships in law from 2020-2021.

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at up to the non-EU rate and a yearly stipend of €16,000. The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarships are available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in the School of Law in September 2020 or January 2021. A limited amount of teaching and related duties will be required of scholarship holders.

The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU and international applicants.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html by the deadline. Please also send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you wish to undertake a PhD at UCD School of Law.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal, there is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long. This must include:
  1. a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  2. an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  3. a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).
  1. Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship.
  2. All academic transcripts.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.

If you have queries on the scholarships please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.

Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.

All applicants will be notified of the decision of the scholarship committee. The committee’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decisions. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may nevertheless be offered a place on the PhD programme.

Note: if an international applicant is offered a scholarship covering tuition fees at less than the non-EU rate, any such offer will be conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to cover the difference between the EU and non-EU tuition fees and, in the case of all international applicants, that the applicant has sufficient funds to supplement the stipend to cover the cost of living in Dublin. Information for international students contemplating studying at UCD is available at http://www.ucd.ie/international/

Two ERC Doctoral Scholarships 2020: PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE

Closing date/time: Friday, 15 May 2020, 5pm (Ireland)

PhD commence: September 2020 in Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Ireland

Stipend: €22,000 per annum

Fees covered: up to non-EU rate

Two doctoral scholarships are available as part of a new ERC-funded project entitled Land, Property and Spatial Justice in International Law, based at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary and comparative research project investigating how international law facilitates justice and injustice through its treatment of land as property. The two PhDs will deal respectively with 1) international investment law and 2) international environmental law.

Project Description

Globalization has significantly affected the ways in which communities in many parts of the world interact with and access land and resources – from changing farming patterns due to international trade agreements, to collective tenure and customary rights in landscapes that are simultaneously the location of large-scale resource extraction projects. At the same time, normative developments in the field of human rights and environmental protection provide for the recognition of communities’ rights to ancestral and communal lands, as well as the free, prior and informed consent of communities in order to conduct activities on such lands. Yet the abstract notion of ‘property’ rights in international investment law (land as commercial asset) often collides with the ‘lived-in’ property rights of people and communities on the ground. Property has long been an important issue in international legal ordering but despite its centrality, its impact on people-place relations remains under-scrutinized in the international law scholarship.

The PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE team will scrutinize the concept, definition and interpretation of property rights across international law in relation to land. They will not only examine the international human rights, environmental and cultural heritage law frameworks, but also specific areas of international economic law, including investment, that converge and diverge with spatial justice in the realm of land-based projects and policies. Lastly, the project will also ascertain to what extent a reconceptualization of property can contribute to transforming international law from ‘tool of empire’ to vehicle for change.

Description of PhD Scholarships

The first PhD position (ref- PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE PhD1) will focus on analysing the way in which international investment law facilitates the treatment of land as commodity (commercial property) as well as the leverage it provides in the spheres of human rights and environmental protection. An important aspect of this project is socio-legal research into the operation of investment treaties entailing competing claims to land. States have increasing obligations to ensure that land tenure and environmental standards are not adversely affected by investment, but to what extent are these considered in investment treaties? And what are the barriers to and/or scope for including them in the future? The successful candidate for PhD1 has a Masters degree in law and preferably also some background in other social sciences. Research experience in international investment law and/or land rights may be an added benefit.

The second PhD position (ref-PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE PhD2) will focus on the procedural rights relating to land as natural and cultural environment. While the law is crystallising in this area, the impact of procedural environmental rights is still largely unexplored in relation to land-based projects and policies. It is envisaged that PhD2 will examine the extent to which normative developments have affected change on the ground. To what extent can procedural rights protect common interests in collectively tenured land, landscapes or commons more broadly? Can procedural rights make up for the social deficit of property rights in land-based policies and programmes? The successful candidate for PhD2 has a Masters degree in law and preferably also some background in other social sciences. Research experience in procedural rights or environmental justice may be an added benefit.

Both PhD projects envisage some socio-legal research involving the analysis of case studies (land disputes) in Europe, Africa and Latin America. The candidates must therefore be willing to carry out fieldwork in years 2 and 3 of the project. Prior experience in ethnographic, sociological or socio-legal methods may be an advantage.

The project is led by Dr Amy Strecker, who will act as supervisor to the successful candidates.

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at up to the non-EU rate and a yearly stipend of €22,000. Funding will also be available to cover fieldwork and dissemination during the course of the project.

The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarships are available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in September 2020.

The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU and international applicants.

Application Process

Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html by the deadline.

Please also send a cover letter (max. 2 pages) explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD as part of this project at the UCD School of Law, and a short research proposal (max. 5 pages) outlining two potential case studies in either Africa, Latin America or Europe.

To note: the case studies, which will involve field visits and interviews, may include – but are not limited to – land disputes between local communities and large-scale investment (i.e. either investor state-arbitration / national cases invoking international law). NB. The jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights dealing with the right to property is already being covered and need not form the basis of any research proposal for the PhD positions.

Interested applicants may contact Dr Strecker (amy.strecker@ucd.ie) to request further information about the project.

In addition to the cover letter and research proposal you must submit the following documents:

  1. A recent sample of the candidate’s academic writing.
  2. Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  4. All academic transcripts.

The cover letter, research proposal and above documents can be sent as email attachments to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD: niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie. If you have queries on the scholarships please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.

Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.

Closing date/time: Thursday, 7 November 2019, 5pm (Ireland)

A new doctoral scholarship is available as part of the agreement concluded between UCD and five other European Universities – Rome 3, Université Lyon 2, University of Luxembourg, Vilnius University and Birkbeck College (University of London) – to further research in the Challenges of Transnational Regulation.

More specifically, the programme aims to study and better understand the impact of massive social changes led by the gradual overcoming of national barriers on national legal systems. In particular, the main focus of the programme is on the governance of transnational markets and on the interplay between transnational regulation and European law. The successful candidate will be required to spend at least one semester at one of the partner institutions under a co-tutelle arrangement, so a certain degree of language competence may be an advantage.

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at up to the non-EU rate and a yearly stipend of €16,000. The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarships are available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in the School of Law in January 2020.

The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU and international applicants.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html by the deadline. Please also send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you wish to undertake a PhD as part of this project at the UCD School of Law.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A sample of the candidate’s academic writing.
  1. Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship.
  2. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  1. All academic transcripts.

If you have queries on the scholarships please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.

Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.

1. James Healy Masters Scholarship in Law

UCD Sutherland School of Law, with the generous support of James Healy, is pleased to offer a scholarship to fund full-time study in the Masters of Laws (LLM) Programmes in the School of Law. Details of the Programmes are available here (applies to the LLM only).


All successful EU applications for the LLM received before May 31st  will be considered for the scholarship. Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours law degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date. The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies next September.

The scholarship will be in the amount of €5,000 plus a fee waiver (to the value of EU Fees).

  

2. The School of Law bursary

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer bursaries of €4000  to fund full time study in the LLM, MSc (Criminology and Criminal Justice), the MSc in International Law and Business.  In addition, there will be a bursary available for the MCL programme - 25% fee reduction in year 1 and 2 of the programme.  Details of the Programmes are available here.

All successful EU applications (for any of the School of Law masters programmes) received before May 31st will be considered for the bursaries. Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate or graduate level or be in the final year of their degree with an upper second class honours average to date. The scholarship is available to candidates commencing their studies next September.

  • Please direct any queries regarding the scholarships and bursaries to Justine McCann by email to Justine.mccann@ucd.ie or by telephone to + 353 1 716 4109
  • The closing date to be included in the Scholarship and bursary competition is May 31st
  • All successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee.  No correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decision.
  • All applicants should provide two academic referees names, if they wish to be included in the scholarship competition.

 

Please note that a number of scholarships will be offered for Non-EU students through the International Office.  Go to www.ucd.ie/international  for further information.

 

Graduate scholarships include the UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarships, Government of Ireland Scholarships for India and the UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme.

http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/scholarships-and-funding/

 

UCD Ad Astra Doctoral Scholarship 2020

Closing date/time: Friday 17 April 2020, 5pm (Ireland)

The Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer one new Ad Astra doctoral scholarship in September 2020.

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at up to the non-EU rate and a yearly stipend of €18,000. The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship is available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in the School of Law in September 2020.

The successful candidate will undertake a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Amrei Müller in the area of human rights law and international humanitarian law, including their intersection. Possible doctoral research areas include:

  • the duties and responsibilities of non-state armed groups under both international humanitarian law and human rights law, including the right to self-determination;
  • the protection of socio-economic rights, including in times of armed conflict; and, 
  • the influence of international and regional human rights law on domestic human rights (constitutional) law and vice versa.

The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU and international applicants.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html by the deadline. Please also send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you wish to undertake a PhD at UCD School of Law.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal, there is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long. This must include:
  1. a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  2. an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  3. a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).
  1. A sample of the candidate’s academic writing.
  2. Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship.
  3. All academic transcripts.
  4. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.

If you have queries on the scholarships, please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.

Interested candidates can contact Dr. Amrei Müller at amrei.muller@ucd.ie  to discuss their ideas with her.

Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.

All applicants will be notified of the decision of the scholarship committee. The committee’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decisions. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may nevertheless be offered a place on the PhD programme.

Note: if an international applicant is offered a scholarship covering tuition fees at less than the non-EU rate, any such offer will be conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to cover the difference between the EU and non-EU tuition fees and, in the case of all international applicants, that the applicant has sufficient funds to supplement the stipend to cover the cost of living in Dublin. Information for international students contemplating studying at UCD is available at http://www.ucd.ie/international/